Your air conditioning unit should never be leaking. If it is, this is indication of a serious issue. If left ignored, you could have major water damage as a result. If your central air conditioner unit is leaking, this could be a sign that your condensate drain tube is clogged. You would think you would need central air conditioner repair, but the drain tube connects to your water line, so you would need pipe leak repair. The condensate drain tube can get clogged with hair, soap, drain cleaner, sediment build up, dust, and more debris until it forms a huge blockage. If your central air conditioner unit is leaking in your Orange, CA home, call a Elite HVAC technician at (714) 464-6622 for repairs.
Why Is Your Central Air Conditioner Leaking?
- When the condensate drain pipe becomes clogged, it causes the HVAC system’s drain pan to overflow. This is why many people believe they have an air conditioner leak since they see water coming out of the air conditioning unit, but the clog is actually in the drain line attached to the water line.
- Over time, drain pipes can loosen and disconnect from the central air unit. This will still result in leaks, but an HVAC technician is needed to repair this since the drain pipe is part of the HVAC unit and broke this time, not the clogged water line.
- Floods can happen if the condensate pump becomes clogged or malfunctions.
- Clogged air filter or low refrigerant are sometimes caused by frozen evaporator coils which cause leaks.
- Improperly insulated ducts or cracked condensate drain pans allow air and water to seep through the gaps.
- If the drain line does not have a working p-trap and air vent, water backup occurs.